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1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards



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Part of a wave of food-related promotional cards, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball may not jump out as an obvious staple of 1950s baseball cards, but the unique release has long been revered by collectors for its relative scarcity and elusiveness in high grade. Ted Williams is the key card in the set.

Featuring a design reminiscent of 1954 Topps, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball includes 20 cards that were issued individually in hot dog packages by the Chicago-area company. The card fronts feature a colorized player photo, facsimile signature across the middle or bottom, and text at the top noting the player's name, position and team. A narrow border occupies the outer edge of the card.

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams back

The big giveaway that the card is part of the 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball set is the image of a hot dog package in the top corner. This is both odd and amusing, especially on the cards where the player seems aware of the hovering hot dogs. Card backs display a traditional layout, with basic info, baseball bio and stats for 1953 and the player's entire career to that point.

The 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball checklist is evenly split between the American League and National League, and includes six Hall of Fame players. Although those in the HOF are the most obvious names for collectors, several other lesser-known subjects have proven tougher to track down, most notably Ray Jablonksi. Del Ennis, Stan Hack and Harvey Kuenn also seem to appear less often.

A main reason for the high values associated with 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball is based on the lack of high grade examples. Because of the close proximity to the hot dogs in the package, many exhibit staining. Also, centering is even more of an issue due to the thin border and print defects can be a problem.

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball uncut sheet

In addition to single-issue cards, 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball can be found in uncut sheets. Originally intended as adverting pieces, the sheets feature the entire set and command strong values when they surface.

Top eBay Listings

1954 Wilson Franks Vintage Card - Sammy White Boston Red Sox (Abt Ex)
$39.95

1954 Wilson Franks Roy McMillan (MC) Cincinnati Reds
$49.95

1954 Wilson Franks Roy Campanella MINT 4 Sharp Corners Scarce
$1,294.11

1954 Wilson Franks Roy Campanella
$279.99

1954 Wilson Franks baseball card Stan Hack chicago Cubs vg (crease)
$250.00

1954 WILSON FRANKS PAUL RICHARDS GOOD
$200.00

1954 Wilson Franks Card #19 Sammy White RED SOX Z19473 - GAI ExMt (6)
$200.00

1954 Wilson Franks Card #2 Del Ennis PHILLIES GAI 3.5 VG+ Z19467 - GAI Vg+ (3.5)
$125.00

1954 Wilson Franks Card #5 Bob Feller INDIANS GAI 4 VG-EX Z19468 - GAI VgEx (4)
$500.00

1954 Wilson Franks Card #8 Stan Hack CUBS Z19470 - GAI VgEx+ (4.5)
$135.00

1954 WILSON FRANKS BASEBALL CARD #8 STAN HACK CRISP FACTORY MISCUT MC SEE BOTTOM
$135.00

1954 Wilson Franks -ROY McMILLAN (Cincinnati Reds) *Tough Regional Hot Dog Issue
$99.99

1954 Wilson Franks Carl Erskine Very Good to Excellent Condition (CSC)
$200.00

Bob Feller 1954 Wilson Franks BGS 5.5 Excellent+
$625.00

1954 WILSON FRANKS JOHNNY GROTH VG-EX *nice for your set* D8
$274.95

1954 WILSON FRANKS FERRIS FAIN GOOD *nice for your set* D8
$149.95
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Key Cards

Key 1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Cards

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Ted Williams

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams

Gil Hodges

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Gil Hodges

Roy Campanella

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Roy Campanella

Bob Feller

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Bob Feller

Enos Slaughter

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Enos Slaughter

Top eBay Listings

SGC 2.5 GOOD+ ⚾ 1954 WILSON FRANKS CARL ERSKINE GRADED TOUGH CARD SKU ABC
$179.10

1954 Wilson Franks #NNO Bob Feller HOF Cleveland Indians SGC 35 G+ 2.5 41160
$375.00

1954 Wilson Franks #NNO Stan Hack Chicago Cubs SGC 40 VG 3 41161
$225.00

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White Red Sox SGC 40 3
$174.99

1954 WILSON FRANKS GIL HODGES # 9 SGC 60
$799.85

1954 Wilson Franks Andy Pafko SGC 40 HS13
$345.00

1954 Wilson Franks Carl Erskine SGC 40 HS13
$355.00

1954 Wilson Franks FERRIS FAIN SGC 20 1.5
$149.99

BVG 4.5 1954 Wilson Franks #4 Ferris Fain POP 1 White Sox G00 933
$324.98

BVG 5 1954 Wilson Franks #4 Ferris Fain POP 2 None Higher White Sox G00 934
$449.98

Set Checklist

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Set Checklist

Cards are unnumbered and listed in alphabetical order by last name.
1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Ted Williams

Roy Campanella
Del Ennis
Carl Erskine
Ferris Fain
Bob Feller
Nellie Fox
Johnny Groth
Stan Hack
Gil Hodges
Ray Jablonski
Harvey Kuenn
Roy McMillan
Andy Pafko
Paul Richards
Hank Sauer
Red Schoendienst
Enos Slaughter
Vern Stephens
Sammy White
Ted Williams

Top eBay Listings

1954 Wilson Franks Ferris Fain PSA 4 Chicago White Sox
$49.95

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Enos Slaughter (HOF)(New York Yankees) PSA - 6 EX-MT
$795.00

1954 Wilson Franks Carl Erskine PSA VG 3 *0607
$179.00

1954 Wilson Franks Ray Jablonski PSA VG-EX 4 *0611
$449.00

1954 Wilson Franks Roy McMillan PSA VG-EX 4 *0613
$229.00

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White PSA VG 3 *0620
$129.00

1954 Wilson Franks Vern Stephens PSA VG+ 3.5 *0619
$149.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Hank Sauer PSA 3.5 VG+ Cubs
$165.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Del Ennis PSA 4 VG EX Phillies 734
$400.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Harvey Kuenn PSA 4 VG EX Tigers
$225.00

1954 Wilson Franks Baseball Del Ennis PSA 4 VG EX Phillies 729
$350.00

Enos Slaughter signed 1954 Wilson Franks auth PSA DNA auto Cardinals Yankees
$499.99

1954 Wilson Franks Sammy White PSA 4 VG-EX 5601
$200.00

1954 Wilson Franks Ferris Fain EX MT PSA 6
$650.00

1954 Wilson Franks Paul Richards EX MT PSA 6
$750.00

1954 Wilson Franks Nellie Fox HOF EX MT PSA 6
$1,500.00
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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